85 Miami to Bahamas Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

The ship was small and certainly not outstanding to say the least. Very dark. I like bright decorations. I did not enjoy the lido deck on this ship either. Mostly drinkers. (kind word). I don't see the point in becoming so drunk you ... Read More
The ship was small and certainly not outstanding to say the least. Very dark. I like bright decorations. I did not enjoy the lido deck on this ship either. Mostly drinkers. (kind word). I don't see the point in becoming so drunk you can't walk. I am all about having a good time. I grew up in the 70's so I know what a good time is for sure. However, there is a time and place for everything. I think that Carnival should take care to cut off drunks at the bar as is done on land. They are a danger to themselves to say the least. Too many of them on this ship. Hairy chest contests are not for me. Not much to do onboard as far as activities go during the day unless you like bingo and trivia. The pool was busting at the seams with kids. Unattended by their parents. The buffet was also bursting at the seam with them. They crawl all over the floors and Carnival does not make a very good attempt at keeping them from the adult areas. Pool was very small. Deck over crowded. Spa filled with kids. Believe me there is not enough chemicals to keep that waster clean with all the kids in the pool. I got a massage and the girl was terrific. She also gave me a facial. Outstanding. But, there was no Cloud 9 spa on the ship. Dinner was not bad. The food was not outstanding as Celebrity or RCL. But, not totally disappointed. I expected a disaster. They made an attempt to seat you alone if you wished. I did not want to sit with couples but said I would sit with single woman on the ship. I actually liked the seating. I don't care for the big round tables that I had on the Celebrity Constellation where you are forced to sit with others. Buffett food not good. Below average I felt compared to what I have had on other cruise lines. Cove balcony excellent. I loved that and never knew they existed. We had a suite and I loved that too as far as room. They could brighten it up somehow. It was very dark in their and the furnishings did not give a feeling of happiness but darkness. Plenty of room. It is worth it to get a suite. Had tub in it. Not much closet space but plenty of drawers etc for clothes so that was excellent. The entertainment was sub par. Awful. What can I say. The theatre was old style and the acoustics were terrible. The only good thing is the price of a cruise on Carnival I suppose. I don't know what other attraction there could be. I can't remember cabin number but if I can find it and edit this later I will. This was the first of 16 day cruise for me. I took three back to backs. I went on the first two with someone I met online. The second on Breeze because i had credit of 350.00. Doubt that I will be sailing Carnival too much in the future. Trevor was our cabin attendant and he was excellent. I had to always make special arrangements with him to get clean towels etc. because my cabin mate was asleep all day and out all night. He was great and I made sure I tipped him for his troubles.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My children and I sail every December when they are on holiday break. We usually sail Carnival Sensation or Carnival Fascination. This year I chose Carnival Imagination as it was the only ship fitting our calendar. These are great cruises ... Read More
My children and I sail every December when they are on holiday break. We usually sail Carnival Sensation or Carnival Fascination. This year I chose Carnival Imagination as it was the only ship fitting our calendar. These are great cruises for families with active children. For my cruises with my adult friends we sail different lines. This is my 20th cruise since 1999 and 5th with my children. The drive from the interstate to port was quick and it was easy to find. Parking rates are a bit higher than average but the lots are very convenient and we walked maybe 200 feet from our car to the terminal. Embarkation was speedy and efficient. We entered the terminal at 11:30. From the time we left our bags with the porter to the time we walked the buffet line on Lido deck was 20 minutes max. Our cabins were ready at 1:30 as promised. The cabin itself, U226, was well maintained and fully functional. The decor and amenities suited our needs just fine. We took al of our meals from the buffet. The food was, for the most part, adequately prepared and plentiful. Some of the desserts were rather tasteless...but they looked really pretty. Now, for me personally, i would much rather have tasty food over pretty all day long. i know this isnt the case for everyone. The place was very crowded though and at times made me feel a bit uneasy. The layout and flow patterns caused most of the trouble. The boorish behavior of other cruisers contributed as well. The lines could get long but I attribute this to the cruise being sold out and cheap rates. I did not take in any of the scheduled entertainment or pool areas. My children always enjoy their Camp Carnival activities and they stay occupied with their age groups most of the time. I always take a book or two with me to occupy my time. There are some great nooks and crannies where i can get away from the masses and realax. Thus our cruise experiences were fantastic. We had only one stop this sailing in Nassau. This itinerary allowed for an overnight stay which was nice. One of these days I will time the stay to coincide with the Junkaroo. This cruise met our expectations from all aspects. We cruise to get away and relax. I do not sail to be coddled, entertained, or over scheduled. I can see where some people are not a good fit with Carnival and Imagination. The good news is there are plenty of other options in the market to fit their needs. The only negative experience was the residual odor of cigarette smoke. Sometimes it was almost unbearable on Promenade. Once in a while the odor was present in our stateroom. I attribute this to the HVAC system but I do wish the designated smoking area was vented directly out of the stacks. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My family chose this cruise because of the price: BIG MISTAKE!!!! The other cruise we were looking at was twice the price and on another line that I have sailed on more frequently/recently. None of us had sailed on Carnival in 10 years, ... Read More
My family chose this cruise because of the price: BIG MISTAKE!!!! The other cruise we were looking at was twice the price and on another line that I have sailed on more frequently/recently. None of us had sailed on Carnival in 10 years, and we enjoyed it then, so we were thinking positively. I was sailing with my Huband and my Mom and Dad. The only good thing I can say about this cruise was that the food was very good. We ate in the buffett and the main dining room (MDR). I like that Carnival has an "everyday" menu in the MDR, as well as the daily menu. This provides almost too many choices. Although I must say that sometimes hot appetizers came out lukewarm/cold. We also tried the pizza at 1am, and although it needed more sauce, the crust was nice and cripsy, cooked perfectly, and had a decent flavor. However.... At embarkation, M&D went to a customs/security agent who did not have a scanner for their passports (I'm not sure if everyone has the opportunity to have their passport scanned). Therefore, we were separated into two lines once we got upstairs to get our cabin keys. M&D were in a much longer line that seemed to take forever. One of the first things the 4 of us realized is the "class" of people that we were cruising with. Too many people wearing things I only wear in the comfort of my own home. Attitude, attitude, attitude... so much rudeness from everyone!!! One night during the comedy show, there was a man so drunk, loud and beligerent, that when many other passengers complained about him, AND the comedian started in on him, he still wouldn't shut up and called everyone else rude!!! And the staff present didn't do a thing about him!!!! We started walking around the ship and all I could hear was extremely loud, ear-piercing music on the Lido (pool) deck. This situation would repeat itself several times throught the short time we cruised: a band played in the middle of the Promenade (walkway) and it was so crowded with people trying to walk through and dance/listen to the band we had to practically elbow our way through. On Sunday we went to one of the numerous bars to watch the football games. Next to the bar was the venue where the comedians perform each night, and a private party had the venue reserved. Once again, the music was so loud that even with the doors closed, we could not hear eachother speak.... or even yell at eachother!!!!! Then there is the smoking. I swear by the time I got off of this 3 day cruise, I had lung cancer!!!! There was so much smoking all over the ship!!! It seemed that the only place people weren't smoking was in my stateroom!!!!! And it seemed that we were always down wind of the smoke, too. I must admit, that the last 6 cruises I have been on, I was on new/newer ships. So the low ceilings, 70's neon lighting and cut up layout put me off. When a celing is already low, why would the decorator put drop down ceiling/lighting pannels to make it even lower (Pride Dining Room). And it really drove me nuts that there was an entire section of the ship that we could not walk through: we had to go up/down a floor then back down/up in order to get from Forward to Aft on a certain deck. When researching this cruise, my dearest Husband said that the reviews for this ship were better than the ones for Carnival's newer ship (Dream?), which we are scheduled to go on. We have cancelled that trip and booked with another cruise line that we KNOW we will have a much better experience!!!!! I will think twice.... even 3 or 4 times.... before going back on a Carnival ship again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
My husband and I have cruised more times then we can remember. With Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity. This is by far the first time I have said, "never again with this cruise ship". And this is the second time ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised more times then we can remember. With Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity. This is by far the first time I have said, "never again with this cruise ship". And this is the second time we've given Carnival Imagination a try. Okay, so here we go...no hairdryers in the rooms. Come on! What cruise ship does not provide hairdryers now a days. No fridge in the rooms. Keep the safe, provide both, please! Okay, you know how many times you've had sample shampoos, hand creams etc. in your room? And you push them aside because they seem to just take up space in that tiny bathroom area? Well, I didn't bring hand cream because they always have some, right? NOT! So, let's get out of the Stateroom...the pool...GREEN! I asked why and was told "it's supposed to be like that"! REALLY? I'm from Florida...we know why a pool is green! Deli...1 person serving thousands of passengers! Hmmm...who's running that show? Pizza...asked for a certain pizza, which they advertised, waited 5-7 minutes and then was told, sorry we are closing. SERIOUSLY! A very nice gentleman that worked there told them to get me my pizza. They gave me a cheese pizza...thought I was dumb enough not to notice the difference, I guess! Tables were always dirty. We were picking up other guest dishes just to sit down and use the table! Restrooms were always dirty and some with no toilet paper. On the last day they turned off all the water in the restrooms! What was the reason for that?! Passengers were washing their hands in the hot tubs!! Okay...onto the Dining Room. Food was okay. Not great, not really good, just okay. I actually returned a dessert! I was with a party of 10, and out of 10 maybe 2 guest enjoyed their dinners. Service was excellent though!! Entertainment...awesome! Best part of the cruise!! Photographers were not the best. I usually buy a lot of pictures on cruises. This time, 2. One set of pictures were actually all blurry! So, we all agreed, 10 passengers with me that we won't be using Carnival Imagination again. This ship needs to be retired or the staff replaced. Seriously, something is definitely wrong here! Or maybe I've been cruising too long and expect too much? But, aren't you supposed to expect too much when you go cruising? Don't waste money on this ship, when there are so many more out there. Carnival has great ships that are a lot of fun, great service, and great food. Just not this one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
first there was four of us,when we got on they told us one had to sleep on a rollaway! My niece didn't really like that and said mom I may just cuddle with you! room was dingy and gloomy colors form the 70's. we went on our way ... Read More
first there was four of us,when we got on they told us one had to sleep on a rollaway! My niece didn't really like that and said mom I may just cuddle with you! room was dingy and gloomy colors form the 70's. we went on our way and decided to make the best of it... ok time for bed..... rollaway is now totally gone out of the room no one said to remove it.... just wasn't sure she wanted to use it. As the day went on she had decided she could put up with it for a few days but for the money she shouldn't have had too! food was not that great and the main glass elevators by guest services kept sticking. Example we got stuck in the same elevator 4x through out the cruise and on one occasion a officer was stuck with us wedged the door enough to get out and just ran away and left us! We kept getting in it after they kept saying it was fixed. finially started just using the stairs.... on the return to port I lost a bag,,,,, well actually forgot it! I called and they said it was at the terminal Not......And they were so rude at the terminal demanding to know who told to return there and that it was there...... so again it cost me the taxi fair not just once but 3x's total back to south beach not cheap.... Well I finially found my luggage but only because the person whom took it did so by accident.. there moms and mine we alike and two members of there family grabbed a bag. of course they spoke Spanish and I my husband didn't but was able to get a number and my hotel called and retrieved it for me.. NO Thanks to Carnival.... And when I called they had the nerve to ask how I was able to track it down in a few hrs and that they would not have been able to do that or to have replaced anything because I didn't buy there insurance... but if it would make me happy they would file a complaint on my behalf about the terminal service and how we were treated on the Ship... Oh one more thing to make up for the bed mess up they sent sweets for three to my cabin that's right for 3 and yes there was 4 of us.... how stupid are they on this ship... And never sign up for anytime dining or you'll be waiting atleast an hr to eat.. and if you mis your beeper notice you can start all over...... I have been on this ship twice and I told my travel agent with Carnival to never ever book me with this ship again.. both time big issues.... and to many to keep on listing....... Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
After all the less than stellar reviews written regarding Carnival Imagination's 3 Night Nassau sailing my expectations were not high, however living in South Florida and with the rate I was able to get, I figured I did not have mulch ... Read More
After all the less than stellar reviews written regarding Carnival Imagination's 3 Night Nassau sailing my expectations were not high, however living in South Florida and with the rate I was able to get, I figured I did not have mulch to lose. I cannot say how pleasantly surprised I was at the whole experience. Embarkation: I arrived at the terminal at 1pm for a 4pm sailing. Aside from being directed to the wrong check in time by the very friendly and accommodating shoreside staff, embarkation was a breeze. I was on the ship within 30 minutes of my arrival at the pier. Cabin: My cabin, E189 on Deck 7 (Empress Deck) was very nice. I was clean, well lit and despite being an interior stateroom vastly exceeded the quality of my stateroom on my last Royal Caribbean cruise aboard the now departed Monarch of the Seas. I can't compare it to Concierge Class on Celebrity, but clearly we're talking two different products. My cabin steward was friendly and attentive and the twice a day service was well appreciated. Food: I elected to try the "Your Time Dining". I never had to wait for a table in the Pride Dining room and the food was not horribly exciting but was certainly tasty and plentiful. I ate most of my meals in the Horizon Buffet on Lido deck. The food at the buffet was typical cruise buffet fare but again was plentiful, fairly tasty and always available. My one complaint was the room service. I attempted to order room service both Friday and Saturday night and after waiting on the phone for over 5 minutes gave up and treked to the 24hr pizza bar on Lido Deck. Entertainment: My first Carnival Cruise definitely did not disappoint when it came to entertainment. There was something for everyone. The comedy shows were amusing, Illuminations Nightclub was a blast! I went every night. Not sure what else to say...there was no shortage of options. Highlights: 1.) Serenity of t Deck on Deck 9 aft of Xanadu Lounge was excellent. I spent a lot of time there. The servers despite what I had heard about them being very aggressive with the drink sales were friendly and never pushy. 2.) Illuminations Nightclub. The bartenders were great, the music was fun and everyone I saw was having a good time. Summary: Imagination is an older ship, but it was very well maintained, clean and comfortable. The staff was fantastic and the value for the money is incredible. I certainly plan on another quick weekend trip on the Imagination and if you're looking for an inexpensive and fun weekend I cannot recommend it enough.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My husband and I picked this cruise as a trial bases to see if he would have problems getting sea sick since he is very prone to motion sickness but I am happy to know now that he had no problem but the seas were also perfect!! Overall ... Read More
My husband and I picked this cruise as a trial bases to see if he would have problems getting sea sick since he is very prone to motion sickness but I am happy to know now that he had no problem but the seas were also perfect!! Overall this was a great experience. I had sailed Carnival before but was along with 5 others new to cruising. The ship was a little dated but very clean. We stayed in an interior room mid ship and only had one issue with our shower. Every time we would shower the drain under the sink in the bathroom would flood the whole bathroom. It only took 15 min or so for it to drain back down but I was afraid to ask exactly where that water was backing up from?? The room service was great. Always did a great job with our room. I am kind of a neat freak anyways so they didn't have much to do lol. In my opinion the food anywhere besides the main dining room as mediocre at best. Though my husband loves cafeteria food and never complained. Our time in Nassau Bahamas was absolutely amazing. We bought day passes to the Sandals Resort and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We bought Faster to The Fun passes for this cruise and they were priceless. It made embarkation and debarkation a breeze. Honestly I just didn't think there was enough to do on board or it could just be that I haven't found the right cruise line for me. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was my second cruise with Carnival cruise lines, and it was intended as a short weekend getaway. I was celebrating my birthday as well, so it was myself, my boyfriend and 2 friends who were onboard. The ship was small- there are only ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival cruise lines, and it was intended as a short weekend getaway. I was celebrating my birthday as well, so it was myself, my boyfriend and 2 friends who were onboard. The ship was small- there are only 10 decks as it's usually just a weekend trip cruise ship of 3-4 night itineraries. It's also one of the older ships in the fleet. This wasn't a concern for me when booking, and there weren't any serious issues with the boat or anything, but it's obvious that it is an older ship. It's very cramped- I felt like they over-booked in terms of passengers. Most of the time we were at the pool, there were so many people it was impossible to even swim. It was mainly treading water. The pools are smaller and they don't have as much deck space, so unless you get to a chair area early in the morning, you will either be under the awnings (ok if you don't want sun) or on the above decks having to walk up and down stairs to get into the pool. I also felt like this was the quintessential "party ship" in terms of passengers and focus. There was always someone with a megaphone in hand hosting a party or contest on the main pool area, so it became difficult to relax and unwind unless you were back in the adults only area. That was one area of the ship that I was sufficiently pleased with- the chairs were plush and it was quiet. They had options under cover and also several deck chairs where you could catch some rays. There was always someone there to serve you drinks or anything else you requested. The only improvement I could have made to the area was I would have liked to see a pool back there for adults only. The food was good, but not great, and the dinner service did leave much to be desired. We chose anytime dining because we did not want to be locked into a certain time, and I felt like our waiter wasn't too happy with us most of the time. We ended up sending a few dishes back because they came out cold or we just didn't like them and he seemed like he had a problem with this. I have definitely had better dining service at several establishments before. The pool service was good- there were always people walking around ready to bring drinks or other amenities. Our room was small and cramped, but we did have an interior cabin so that's to be expected I guess. I had never before traveled in an interior cabin, but upon booking I was informed that there were no balcony rooms available, so the option was either a suite or a regular room, and I wasn't interested in paying the rate for a suite. However, once the beds are pushed together to form a queen in the interior rooms, there is very little walking room. We were also located on a lower level room which was toward the front of the ship and seemed to be directly over the engine room because I could definitely feel vibrations coming up from the floors. I was happy to be on a vacation, but I think that the ship could use some improvement. I have been on Carnival before and found the Conquest more to my liking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was me and my husbands first cruise. Overall, we had a blast! Pros: Neither of us experienced motion sickness Our room was tidy and clean Noise was not a issue The staff was kind and helpful Bahamas was absolutely beautiful - ... Read More
This was me and my husbands first cruise. Overall, we had a blast! Pros: Neither of us experienced motion sickness Our room was tidy and clean Noise was not a issue The staff was kind and helpful Bahamas was absolutely beautiful - and our Atlantis excursion made it even better Getting on and off the ship was a breeze There was always something fun or interesting to do Cons The food was just okay - unfortunately, nothing I ate really stood out to me The service desk lines were extremely long. One time, I waited for nearly 45 minutes. The free soap and shampoo  - but we kind of expected that and packed our own.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My sisters and I went to celebrate birthdays. We looked at reviews on line but still didnt know what to expect. We were told the lines to enter the ship would be terrible and it would take forever to board. Not the case. We arrived a bit ... Read More
My sisters and I went to celebrate birthdays. We looked at reviews on line but still didnt know what to expect. We were told the lines to enter the ship would be terrible and it would take forever to board. Not the case. We arrived a bit too early. Around 10:45 am. No lines @ check in and waited in the holding area. Went through right away and our picture was taken. We checked into customer service to see that the our payment terms were correct and they were. I purchased a soda card because I am addicted and knew I couldn't drink lemonade and tea for the 4 days. It was worth the money. Then we headed to lunch.The meals were just OK. It was what I will call a lot of fast food. Our cabin was small for four ladies but we were not there much. Dress is extremely casual. The pool was very disappointing. Smack dab in the middle of the Lido deck. Even if it was appealing I do not think that I would have felt comfortable with everyone eating and staring at me. The serenity deck was good. It is an over 21 location and a great escape from children. We choose the early seating and dinner was good. Our waiter Ricardo was excellent. For the captains dinner we asked to change our seating time. They said if we came back at 900 it would be fine and it was. Seated immediately. We were disappointed that the picture taking was already done so we had no professional pictures for this dinner. The food was lobster and prime rib. The lobster was overcooked and the prime rib a little undercooked for my sisters liking. I enjoyed the comedians. A little trashy but they warn you. Not child friendly. The dance show was great. Best show on the cruise. I used the spa had a massage. I didn't book ahead and got a better deal on the ship. A learning experience for all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was booked as a cheap last minute cruise for a girlfriend and I. We both decided to leave our kids at home to save money, and we were glad we did as it turned out. We were able to stay out late enjoying talking to other passengers, ... Read More
This was booked as a cheap last minute cruise for a girlfriend and I. We both decided to leave our kids at home to save money, and we were glad we did as it turned out. We were able to stay out late enjoying talking to other passengers, having drinks, and enjoying entertainment. Also, their was not as much entertainment for children as on other newer ships. There were two small pools, plus a splash pool. There were no water slides or anything like that for kids. I believe there was a good childcare facility onboard that some kids did really enjoy. I just gathered it was not as great as on newer ships. We booked the cheapest room we could. It should have had no window and been an inside room. Instead we got a big porthole window that cost us nothing extra! When talking to others at dinner one night, we were told they booked through other companies instead of Norweigan, and I actually booked our cruise through NCL's website. I am not sure if that made any difference, but they did not get upgraded and we did. The entertainment was fantastic. We saw all of Andrew Kennedy's shows, and he was always hilarious. The only thing is that each time (three shows) we heard some of the same jokes. I hope he extends his act more because he really was great! We really also enjoyed the band Impac. They played wonderful when playing any genre except country. I didn't quite enjoy their country music as much, but they were amazing at reggae, hits, and R&B. The guys were super friendly as well and wanted to get to know everyone. There were some Broadway type shows and a couple of game shows, but they weren't my thing, so I didn't attend. The food was good. There were definitely things I found better than others, like the broccoli soup. It was yummy, but the lobster wasn't so great in my opinion. The wait staff was almost always amazingly friendly. The service was not always perfect, but I was content with it. There were times we had to ask for coffee or drinks multiple times in the dining room, but I think they were doing their best. The ship was always clean from what I saw except for two issues. One was that our closet smelled like urine. I never reported this, as I never met our room steward, but it just simply stunk! I tried to keep that door closed as much as possible to contain the issue. The other was that someone left a pile of feces in the floor in a public bathroom. Yuck. I reported that, but things like that can happen anywhere I suppose. I assume someone cleaned it up as soon as possible; I didn't revisit to check. I always appreciated that our room was cleaned multiple times a day, even though we didn't exactly leave a mess. Like I said though, I never met our room steward, which was unusual to me. One morning, I went to take a shower and the shower was only scalding hot, so I reported that, and they took about 30 minutes to come and look at it. When they did, it seemed to work fine. I felt silly, but after talking to other passengers, they had similar issues. It would have made me feel better if they had admitted there was an issue instead of pretending it was my mistake. Also, about five minutes after they left, our bathroom water quit working entirely, the sink, toilet, and shower. It resumed by the time we returned from port. This was also an issue others had on ship. As for ports, Freeport was not great at first sight. Just lots of little shops and people selling items. I am not into buying a lot of that stuff, so I went looking for cheap things to spend the day doing. We found a taxi that was $14 per person roundtrip to Junkanoo Beach. We spent the whole day at the beach, and we had no problems getting back to the ship on time. Taxis had been waiting there to take us back. The beach was beautiful and we spent nothing more than the taxi ride and money on drinks while there. The next port was Nassau. I had been there before and really would have been fine spending the day on ship, but my friend had never been. She wanted to see the straw market, and so we did. It is just the same old stuff over and over there in my opinion. The beach was nice there and within walking distance, but we were still a little burned from the day before on the beach, so we ate at Señor Frogs and headed back to the ship. The last day was at Great Stirrup Cay. It was my favorite. The beach was beautiful with lawn chairs everywhere. Food was included from the cruise. Drinks were included in our ultimate drink package from the ship. Water was gorgeous. No waves. I could float effortlessly to the top. It was so clear. One issue was the ultimate drink package. It cost $241 after all the tips being included, taxes, etc. This was $50/day for four nights. The problem was that we had to run back and forth from guest services to the bar many, many times before it was correct on our onboard cards. They were charging us for drinks even though we had the plan on our card. There were so many charges it exceeded the money on our cards and our cards were locked down until they refunded them all. This was a huge ordeal, and every time they would say it was resolved, we would go back to the 11th floor to the bar, and it was not, and then we would have to return to 5 to guest services. ANNOYING. Anyways, finally it was resolved and problem solved. Even though $241 was a lot, we found it useful for the delicious and strong mixed drinks we were served. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
I went on a cruise to the Bahamas on an amazing cruise called Carnival Imagination. I would recommend this to everyone. It is a high quality, inexpensive cruise for the whole family and my rating would be 4 stars out of five. I really ... Read More
I went on a cruise to the Bahamas on an amazing cruise called Carnival Imagination. I would recommend this to everyone. It is a high quality, inexpensive cruise for the whole family and my rating would be 4 stars out of five. I really loved this cruise as it was very relaxing and provided everything for you. The three things that I liked was how it gave each person a id card so that they could access their room whenever. Also, if your going with a lot of people, they made sure that all of our rooms were relatively close. I also liked how for the kids, there was a daycare so that you can drop them whenever you wanted and then pick them up later. In the daycare we got to make t-shirts and it was very productive. I didnt like how they gave bunk beds for the kids, so when you woke up, the top person would always hit their head. I would suggest higher roofs so that no one gets hurt. I also think that they should have more water slides because on the cruise there was only one slides for the adults and older kids. One last thing that I think they should improve on is the the room size. I think for the money that we paid, we should have a larger rooms with more bathrooms. I think the decoration for this cruise was excellent because it made you feel like you were in a island or whatever you imagined. I think the theme was to make the passengers feel like they're are imagining their settings.I think that the cruise stood aside from the all the others because it had an all you can eat buffet where you can eat whatever you want for only six dollars. Not only that but they also had an eating contest where the winner would get a discounted price for their next stay. I think the Staff there were very helping and kind and some of them also held a daycare like I mentioned before. They were always helping. Once I could not get into my room and they helped me do it. For the facilities we got and the assistance we got I think the price was reasonable, It was 700 dollars/ head. I think that this cruise was very good and was at an affordable price. I would really recommend this to everyone . I would rate my stay there a 4 star stay. I hope that if you go, you will also enjoy your stay there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This was my first cruise. And I have to say there were goods and bads for sure. Mind you I am a 30 year old male and am not overly picky. The views and day at Atlantis near Nassau were wonderful. The casino, the games, the music, the ... Read More
This was my first cruise. And I have to say there were goods and bads for sure. Mind you I am a 30 year old male and am not overly picky. The views and day at Atlantis near Nassau were wonderful. The casino, the games, the music, the sun and the food on board were great. However, our first night of departure was terrible. A storm cam in with giant swells. By dinner time bathrooms were full with peaple puking. I havent puked in 12 years, but this even got me. Some people who shared our dinner table who have been on many cruises said this was the worst they have seen a ship rock. Now, obviously weather can't be controlled, but it is worth noting as a first time cruiser, that I was terrified that this was what cruising was. I don't know to what degree captains can steady a ship or not, but this was a bad first night. After the third time getting sick at dinner we ducked out with a couple of other from our tables to go to bed by 9 p.m. The next day we were in Nassau. We had docked hours earlier than scheduled, which leads me to beleive captain went way faster than neccisary to get us into port and out of the storm. The day in Nassau was wonderful. There was one other point of concern for me aboard. Entertainment. Fyi, I am a Christian and actually a Youth Pastor. I however, was not looking for "wholesome entertianment" I went to have fun, try black jack for the first time, meet new people, and enjoy the views. I chose to go to adult comedy night etc. I laughed and had fun. But it was the other "non adult" things I had a problem with. It seemed like every event we went to from bingo, to dating games, to dance parties etc. All had staff leading with very strong sexual enuendos along with jokes of getting plastered etc etc. I know people are there to have fun, but it just seemed like a place I would def. not want my children around, and honestly Im not really uptight as a Christian in that regard. The final day at sea was nice. But with only two days on open water and one of them terrible, I had a 50/50 on wheather cruising is for me or not. I am thinking about giving it another try, but don't think the carnival imagination is what I would do again. Any other short carribean cruise lines out there you would recomend to me? Please let me know. P.S. Im not looking for some holy Christian cruise. Just one with simular fun with a little more class, and hopefully less waves. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
After taking more than 14 cruises in different lines including Carnival, NCL, RCL, PRINCESS, DISNEY, CELEBRITY. I decided to just go to a weekend cruise since the kids and wife love cruising. I took my chances and went by the review in the ... Read More
After taking more than 14 cruises in different lines including Carnival, NCL, RCL, PRINCESS, DISNEY, CELEBRITY. I decided to just go to a weekend cruise since the kids and wife love cruising. I took my chances and went by the review in the cruise critic website which in my opinion is flawed. The ship is old, looks old and the refurbishment didn't do much for the Imagination, everything looks 70's style and every crevice you look at is dirty, disconnected, broken and even some elevators are missing all the ceiling lighs. We cruisers know how hard the employees of the cruise lines work, but in the Imagination everyone looked so tired to the point of you feeling the vibe by the way they walk, talk and even how they dress. The majority was in cruise purgatory hanging by a thread. The food was so bland and so bad I barely ate it, the preparation areas were dirty and the sandwich maker they use for the sandwiches was stained. The pizza was horrible, then the reviewer said pizza is great, even Domino's is better and that's a run of the mill national pizza chain. Some people might say, well is a ship built in 1995, and you can't compare it to the newer ships, well somethings are better demolished, scrapped and gone rather than to stand and offer a very mediocre product. I disagree with the marketing they use in the cruise critic website this ship is for first timers!! honeymooners and a budget cruise, the last statement is accurate, budget is the word in every sense of the word and most of the time being cheap is not worth it. This wasn't our crowd, lots of people that don't really know how to behave in public, there were people doing very nasty things in public in front of our children. Do you want to stand in long lines for everything like cattle as if there isn't enough food. The only positive thing was the molten chocolate cake, is was awesome every time. If it is your first time taking a cruise, take a longer one, pay a little more, select a newer ship and you will end up very happy, if you take the Carnival Imagination you will be disappointed and perhaps won't give cruising a second chance and you will be missing out a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We flew down to FLL the night before and stayed at the Homewood Suites cruise port. This was a great stay for $119.00 a night incl tax. They offered a free shuttle from FLL to the hotel as well as a free dinner and breakfast. The room ... Read More
We flew down to FLL the night before and stayed at the Homewood Suites cruise port. This was a great stay for $119.00 a night incl tax. They offered a free shuttle from FLL to the hotel as well as a free dinner and breakfast. The room was very comfortable and clean. We were going to use SAS shuttle in the am from FLL to the Port of Miami for I believe it was $18 per person. When I mentioned to the hotel desk clerk we'd be going back to FLL in the am for a shuttle she advised us they had a shuttle that goes to POM at 11am and it's $15 a person for 6 of us. Wow, much better than having to go back to the airport, find the shuttle and board. So, with a $10 deposit I reserved it for the morning. At 11am we were all in the lobby, boarded the shuttle and on our way. We arrived at the port around 11:35 and found no lines to drop off our luggage. We then proceeded to the line where they check your passport and boarding pass. It was a little funny that we made it through faster than our friends who are Platinum members. We then proceeded through security and waited maybe 15 minutes to check in and board. That was a very short wait and I was impressed. We boarded the ship and headed to the Lido deck for lunch. There were no lines there either. We checked out our cabin and walked around the ship. Saturday we were in Nassau overnight. We only walked around the shops in Nassau, been too many times to count. We saw the comedian which was very funny. Don't waste your time on the show "Living in America". It was horrible. The food was very good, really no lines at all and the ship was nice. This was just a quick weekend away with friends. We did all have a good time, but I think I would stick with a 6-7 night cruise in the future. I can not stand one thing in one of the shops (on all Carnival ships), they have this "sale" that starts at a certain time, they then unveil a black cloth that's draped over the watches and bracelets. Hoards of people gather and act like animals. They need to know that, people this could get dangerous and you can walk into the shop 3 hours later and get the same item, same price and not find such crazed people. It was worse than Black Friday at Toys R US or Best Buy! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Booked this cruise about 2 months ago for my mother (age 59), sister (age 28) and myself (age 39). This was to be the first cruise for my mom and sister so I figured it would be better to do a short jaunt instead of a longer one if they ... Read More
Booked this cruise about 2 months ago for my mother (age 59), sister (age 28) and myself (age 39). This was to be the first cruise for my mom and sister so I figured it would be better to do a short jaunt instead of a longer one if they didn't like it. Parking We chose to park offsite in a lot about a mile or so away. It was called Premier Parking. They own lots in several different cities and airports across the country so I felt they were reputable. The lot was easy to get to and fenced in. It cost only $25 for my 3 night cruise. That is a HUGE savings from the port. The shuttle was waiting when we arrived. They loaded our luggage, we tipped them and they dropped us off at the port (about a 5-10 minute drive with traffic). They gave us little yellow stickers to wear when we were waiting to be picked up after the cruise. Embarkation We arrived around 12-12:30 and encountered no lines, no waiting. It couldn't have gone smoother. No complaints whatsoever. It took us about 20 minutes from start to finish, but that was with a stop to the restroom so my sister could put on some makeup. Once on the ship, toting around a ton of carry-on luggage, we made our way to Lido deck for lunch at the buffet. WHAT A MAD HOUSE!!!! OMG! My advice is to wait until AFTER 1:30 to eat lunch at the buffet. 1;30 is when most rooms are ready and the people in the buffet trail off by then. When we arrived, there were people stalking each other's tables, no seating available at all, it was raining and the lines on both sides of the buffet were 20-30 people deep. We did manage to finally find a place to sit (after about 20 minutes) and ate lunch. Room Around 2pm, we headed off to our room to unload our carry-ons. We were on Main deck 153 right in the center of the ship by the elevators. I booked a Florida resident rate and chose to have an assigned cabin by Carnival, it was much cheaper that way. No complaints on location, it worked just fine. I've never traveled with more than 2 people per cabin so I didn't know that they would pull down the bunk bed later that evening. I thought that it would be ready when we arrived. We called the room steward shortly after we arrived to ask him about the bed, also for an additional robe and wine glasses. He made sure to tell us that he had to go up to obtain the glasses somewhere (the restaurant/bars/whatever). When he arrived the first time, we tipped him $20 to make sure that our ice stayed filled and had fresh wine glasses each day. This didn't really work out. I thought that the extra money would entice him to take better care of us, I don't think he really cared. He did bring us glasses the second night after I left him a note. On the 3rd night I had to go get the glasses from the bar myself. I understand that the workers are from other countries, but damn did I have trouble trying to figure out what the heck he was even saying to me. Difficult to understand and sometimes I wondered WHY he was telling me certain things. I don't care where you have to get the glasses, JUST BRING THEM TO ME and be done with it! Muster Drill What a major pain in my a$$!! I don't remember this being such a project on other ships! First of all, they don't do a good job of even reminding you or letting you know that you have to go to the muster drill at all. They also don't tell you WHERE your location is. Sure, the sign and sail card says "Muster station C", but nobody tells you where C is. We watched the TV to find out, they don't tell you either. So we wandered and wandered and finally found the place. We sat there for what seemed like FOREVER. Then instead of the staff in front of you telling you what to do, we had to wait to hear the overhead announcements. IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH. Really? After literally almost falling asleep, we were herded out to the deck where we all stood like soldiers on the battlefield while we sailed away from the port. My mother was flipping out that she couldn't take pics as we pulled away, she started to get agitated, the people around us were rude, talking, not paying attention etc. This was NOT a smooth process and NOT a good way to start off our cruise. Entertainment The first night there was a show in the main theatre that I thought was going to be one of those production shows, instead we went in there after dinner and it was the cruise director asking stupid questions of people and trying to be funny. It was truly awful. Why would anyone want to sit through that? We left after about 15 minutes and went to hang out on the deck and take in the evening air. It was a nice night outside (despite there being rain for the first 2 hours). We went down to the Serenity deck, seriously one of my favorite places on the ship. It was quiet with minimal wind. There were 2 jacuzzis there, which had a few people in them, but nothing overwhelming. We decided to go to the 11pm comedy show with Anthony Acosta. We arrived around 10:45pm and there was still plenty of seating, but by 11pm, the place was jammed. This comedian was very raunchy, very non-PC, LOTS of cursing....if you're easily offended, this is NOT the place for you. WE LOVED it! It was hysterical. Probably one of the highlights of the cruise. The second night (night in port in the Bahamas), we missed all the entertainment it seemed. By the time we got out of dinner, all that was going on was a poolside dance party with ghetto music. So if that's your thing, you'll love it. But there was no late night comedy show that night and the production show only showed once. That was annoying. So there we were with nothing to do really (except drink of course!) The last night, we caught the early production show called "Cruisin". It was entertaining enough. Reminded me of my years of dance recitals I did. LOL! I like stuff like this, so we sat there and sang along, did the Macarena in our seats etc. Lasted about 40 minutes or so. Food & Dining We wanted late seating dining but ended up with anytime dining instead because late seating was all filled up. I waitlisted, but never got it. We ate at the MDR each night (Pride dining room) and the service was sooooooo slooooowwwww. We arrived between 8-8:30 each night. The first night there was no wait. The second 2 nights, we waited about 15-20 minutes (in heels). Found the food to be mediocre compared to the other fantasy class ships I've been on with Carnival. I remember the food to be outstanding and on Imagination it was hit or miss. My mother's fish the first night was filled with garlic and there was no mention of garlic in the descript. The last night she had to send her food back because it was cold. The waiter on our first night was very good and very friendly and nice. The second 2 nights were boring, not talkative at all. I guess this is one of the downfalls of anytime dining, you don't get to have the same waiter each night. The manager came around to our tables and had nice conversations with us each night though. He was from Colombia, remembered us from the night before and was very personable. All 3 nights we were seated at a private table with no issues. We didn't mind sitting with others, but we ended up on our own anyway. The one thing that was annoying was the length of time it took to go through all the courses, we're talking 1.5 to 2 hours total. We also found the process for ordering food and ordering alcohol confusing. Some waiters were for food only, others for refilling stuff only, others for bringing shots and yet others for selling wine/beer etc. They just never seemed to be around when we needed them. Kinda useless and completely confusing. Port day While it was not raining when we docked in Nassau, by the time we got off the ship, there was a storm brewing and it quickly turned into deluging rain for 2 HOURS. We were stuck inside a store in Nassau that didn't sell umbrellas. I brought an umbrella, but left it on the ship. We had to hunt for a store selling umbrellas in Nassau. And then dished out $30 for 3 umbrellas. But this was after basically getting soaked already. Do yourself a favor and pack AND BRING umbrellas with you. There was so much rain that there were flash floods in the streets in Nassau, it really was miserable. Finally it gave up enough to walk a bit and we went to the straw market. Those of you who haven't been to the straw market in a couple years, its been completely re-done in a new building. It is really quite nice. My mom got suckered in by one of the girls asking if we wanted to see the designer handbags in her shop across the street....so off we went. Sure enough, just across the street in a shop were about 10 booths selling designer knock offs. Just an FYI, for those of you who are looking for bags. Later, after the rain stopped (still overcast though), we took the #10 jitney down to Cable Beach. First we stopped off at the Fish Fry for my mother who wanted fresh conch salad. The place was dead, service was still slow...island time. Then we jumped back on the #10 and proceeded down to the Sheraton where we walked the beach and sat at their bar and drank for awhile. Around 5pm, we caught the jitney back into town and got back to the ship to get ready for formal night. What a pain it is to have formal night on the ONLY night we're in port. I don't understand this. Later that night, we got back off the ship around midnight and walked down to Senor Frogs. For the first time ever, I did not feel comfortable or safe in Nassau. It was late, a saturday night and dark....and 3 blonde women were the minority. Senor frogs was filled with extremely drunk 20 somethings that looked to be a mix of locals and cruise passengers. It was not a good scene at all. I'm not sure what we expected, but we kept to ourselves, had 1 drink and went on our way. Pools Our last day was our sea day when we traveled back to Miami. Thank GOD the weather was perfect. Sun and warm. We laid on the deck ALL DAY, had lunch on the lido deck and swam. Well, maybe dunked in and out of the pool anyway. It is small and crowded, but big enough that I could get in, get wet and hang around on the deck with a drink for awhile. At the end of the day just before taking a shower for the night, my mother wanted us all to go down the water slide, so we went up to the top deck and climbed the stairs and went down the slide. It was actually quite fun, remember the heavier you are, the faster you go. That's why the adults come spitting out of there like bullets! Overall impressions overall, it was what I expected it to be. Got a Florida resident rate and it was worth what we paid. The clientele on the ship left much to be desired. I have never seen so many rude, obnoxious people dressed inappropriately in my life. If you're looking for classy or even average, you won't find it in the people on this ship. The staff overall were not very friendly at all. I was disappointed with this since I had encountered really really friendly people on the Sensation several times before and that's also a Fantasy class ship. I don't think I would choose this sailing/ship again, but it wasn't the most terrible experience I've ever had. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I'm an experienced cruiser who was looking for a quick weekend getaway to relax and unwind. I chose Carnival over Royal Caribbean and NCL (they each had 3-day cruises on the same dates) so I could reach platinum status by next year ... Read More
I'm an experienced cruiser who was looking for a quick weekend getaway to relax and unwind. I chose Carnival over Royal Caribbean and NCL (they each had 3-day cruises on the same dates) so I could reach platinum status by next year during the grandfather period (this was #9 with Carnival). The RCL and NCL itineraries were more desirable as they included a stop at their private island-it turned out the weather was too windy for the RCL and NCL ships to tender to their private islands that day. To be honest, I went in with low expectations knowing the Imagination is an older ship and the 3-day cruises attract a party crowd, etc. I really just wanted some R&R and my goal was met with this cruise. EMBARKATION: I flew in the morning of the cruise and took SAS transportation ($15) from FLL to the POM. I can't say this process was efficient, as we kept having to circle the airport waiting for other passengers to arrive. I really was not in a rush so I was OK with it and we ended up stopping at a CVS because someone in the van needed a prescription they had forgotten. I bought a bottle of wine, water and soda for my room. We ended up at the port around 12:15. The embarkation process was quite long in my opinion -- you first had to wait in a long line to get your passport/boarding pass checked and then into the terminal into another very long line to get your sail & sign card. They had half of the terminal check-in stations not in use which I found strange. It was off to another line to get your sail & sign picture taken and then embarkation picture taken-there was no option but to wait in line even if you didn't want a picture taken. It took about an hour from arrival at the port until I walked onboard. I would have kept my small suitcase with me instead of checking it with a porter as the rooms were ready shortly after I boarded. Compared to my embarkation on the Liberty this past March where I essentially walked on the ship, I was not impressed with the embarkation process for the Imagination. CABIN: I had the most aft inside cabin on the Riviera deck and was happy with it (except the shower). This cabin had four berths but Carnival allowed me to book it as a solo traveler. I did not hear much foot traffic with this cabin location and the room felt spacious. The A/C worked quite well and I actually had to keep the vent in the middle or it got too cold. The TV in the room did not allow you to view your balance on your S&S card, but there were kiosks on the ship to view your balance and make some transactions. I never met my cabin steward, but he/she did a fine job of keeping the room clean and attended to. The only issue I had was the shower head did not seat properly in the holder and kept spinning around so it soaked the entire bathroom and made rinsing your hair a little hard. The holder was stripped and was in need of replacing. It would have been annoying for a 7 day cruise but was tolerable for 3 days. DINING: I went to the MDR the first night for dinner and decided it was not for me. I did Anytime Dining and the service was just too slow for me. Even though I only wanted appetizers and dessert, it took forever and I missed the comedy show. Drink service was non-existent and no one at my table was offered coffee with their dessert. I did eat at the MDR for breakfast on debarkation day and it was fine-food was hot with attentive service. I went to the MDR to use my coupon for the free drink and had no problem-they had a drink waiter at the hostess stand for people who just wanted their free drink. I thought the deli station and buffet salad bar were quite good with a wide selection. The line for the grill was always long but the food was good. Room service was prompt and the food was tasty. I had great drink service on the Serenity deck which is where I spent the majority on my time. Drink service in the clubs took a very long time to get ordered drinks. SHIP: I thought the ship was in pretty good condition for being so old and I always saw people cleaning and vacuuming, etc. The decor was a little too dark for my liking and the neon was gaudy. The buffet with the neon blue circles was interesting. I find the general design of the Fantasy class ships unattractive with the life boats so high near the lido deck. Muster drill was the usual with rude people talking and not following directions, on their cell phones, etc. I don't gamble so I can't comment on the casino and I did not see any of the production shows. I thought the adult comedy show was hysterical yet very raunchy so don't go if you are easily offended! The main lido pool always had very loud music playing and was just not my scene so I stuck to the Serenity deck which I greatly enjoyed. The Waterworks was packed with kids but I did go down the big slide after waiting in line. I did not stay out late partying, but I'm sure I was in the minority! The passenger demographic was mostly Spanish speaking, however there was some type of radio station group aboard that was diverse. There were also bachelor/bachelorette parties onboard and they looked like they were having fun. There were some interesting people and I'll just say I have never seen so much inappropriate clothing on morbidly obese women, ugly thigh tattoos, and rude behavior towards the staff as I witnessed on the cruise! NASSAU: I have been there, done that but wanted to try the Blue Lagoon excursion, however it was cancelled due to lack of interest. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the weather was very windy and overcast when we arrived to Nassau-it eventually cleared up but remained very windy that day. I did not even get off the ship and enjoyed the Serenity deck all day. We overnighted in Nassau and left around 6 or 7 the next morning. It's too bad Carnival can't use Half Moon Cay for these 3-day cruises as we barely puttered along going 8 knots on the sea day back to Miami. At one point I thought we idled in the middle of the ocean because we were going so slowly and there was no wake! DEBARKATION: You would think Carnival would have this process streamlined and quick, but unfortunately it was very unorganized. I was not in a rush as my flight was at 1:30 and I was planning on doing self-assist. My group was to be called at 9:30. I decided to hang out at a desk near the art gallery as the gangway was right down the hall. I witnessed passengers treating the staff terribly and yelling at them because they were not permitted to leave. They had the debarkation line snaking through the passenger hallways and at one point a Carnival employee slammed the door on everyone, causing mass confusion and anger. By 10:00 they were nowhere near calling my zone so I just got in line and exited the ship. I'm not sure if there was a hold-up in customs but debarkation was running way behind and was unorganized. There were no lines going through customs and I caught my SAS shuttle back to the FLL airport. This cruise met my expectations for a relaxing weekend, but I prefer to sail on the newer ships. If I decide to do another 3-day from Miami I will choose RCL or NCL to check out their private island. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was my 10th cruise with Carnival and the third or fourth time I have done this 3 day sailing to Nassau from Miami. Living in Miami, its just to easy. I know very well what to expect on Carnival, therefore I am not dissapointed ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise with Carnival and the third or fourth time I have done this 3 day sailing to Nassau from Miami. Living in Miami, its just to easy. I know very well what to expect on Carnival, therefore I am not dissapointed with the experience. While somethings have changed, most has remained the same. I do believe Carnival offers one of the best cruising values. It is not a luxury cruise line and it does not pretend to be. The good, almost all of the crew I saw on the ship said hello and was friendly. Our room steward was very friendly, remembered my name and kept our room spotless. Same for the dining staff. Food was also good. I did not dislike anything I had anywhere on the ship. Drinks, both my brother and I concurred that the pours seemed to be generous, especially at the pool bar. Behind the fun tour. Very interesting. It turned out I was the only person that did this tour, so I got a personal tour with the corporate training manager onboard. The engine control room and the bridge both look brand new, despite the fact the ship is 16 years old. I can also say that Carnival takes food preparation and storage very seriously. The Outstanding - Chefs Table. $75 fee, but well worth the experience. Many will scoff at the idea of spending $75 on dinner when meals are included, especially on Carnival but this was far more than just a dinner. First off, wine and champaigne included. It was a gastronomical 7 course meal presented by the head Executive Chef on board. On the Imagination it was Russell Periera from India. His personality and presence, along with the food made the meal extremely enjoyable. A large table of 10 was set up someplace special (not going to give up the surprise). We were brought there after a brief galley tour and then a hands on demonstration on how chocolate melting cake is made. If you want to "upgrade" your Carnival experience, this is one way. A quick note, I reserved the Chefs table online through John Healds blog. I was contacted by the MaitreD and everything was very smoothly handled on board. The indifferent- Your Time Dining. On a short cruise its fine, but I would choose assigned seating on a longer cruise. I prefer the relationship thats built with the wait staff during the cruise. We always went during prime time and there was a line, but it moved quickly as they could greet and process people. I did not have to wait for a table once I got to the hosts stand. First night, service was slow, second night very good. No more Sushi on the Promenade Deck. Sushi is still served at different dining venues as it always has, but its been replaced with the "taste bar". Bad - No more live music on the Lido deck. Piped in music, or a live DJ. I enjoy live music. The weather, obviously Carnival cannot yet control this, but we sailed during Tropical Storm Isaac. Every day was very windy. Our call in Nassau was cut short (no problem for me, I would have been back on the ship anyway). All in all, I had fun. I was able to relax. I ate and ate. I had a nice 3 and 1/2 day mini vacation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
With many mixed reviews, I was a little nervous but the cruise exceeded my expectations. That being said, I will start with the negatives and then give all the positives: Negatives: We did the dining on your own time and the service ... Read More
With many mixed reviews, I was a little nervous but the cruise exceeded my expectations. That being said, I will start with the negatives and then give all the positives: Negatives: We did the dining on your own time and the service was fair at best. I think part of it may be that we went at 8 pm every night and the dining room was very full. Upon arrival, we had paid to have the room decorated for our friend's birthday and this was not done. We called about it and they never fixed it. The food for dinner was your average banquet fare and really had not flavor or originality. Nassau, Paradise Island is not the most exciting port Positives: The lunch and breakfast options were plenitiful and with action stations, the food seemed fresh, hot and tasty. Drinks were reasonably priced. The clubs/late night options on this cruise were excellent with great latin bands, karaoke contests, themed club nights, etc. there was always something fun to do. The gym and spa were both excellent with nice workout equipment and a great massage/facial. The serenity deck has wonderful lounge chairs, is adults only and has a great view off the back of the boat. The beds and pillows were the most comfortable I ever experienced on a cruise ship. Overall, a great cruise for the money and a wonderful time with friends. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
My wonderful, handsome husband booked this cruise online, and we researched the reviews until the very last minute. We are frequent travelers and usually vacation at all-inclusive resorts, but wanted to try the cruise experience. It was ... Read More
My wonderful, handsome husband booked this cruise online, and we researched the reviews until the very last minute. We are frequent travelers and usually vacation at all-inclusive resorts, but wanted to try the cruise experience. It was actually better than we expected. Most of what's been said on the other reviews is accurate, so I'll just "co-sign" the most salient points. No nit-picking here. We found the staff reasonably friendly, considering they work their behinds off to keep the production that is a cruise going! I caught myself watching the buzz of dining room waiters in awe a few times. The result is that you pretty much get what you order in a decent amount of time. It may not be piping-hot, but stay home and cook or go with another ship if that's an absolute must. For service, Imagination gets an "A" for efficiency. We enjoyed intimate dining as well as the whole dinner with strangers thing. I didn't think I'd like sharing meals with strangers, but it was a good experience. The cabins are clean and well-serviced. Our room steward was nice and respectful; he even gave us a few minutes to get out of the room before the turn-down service window closed. We tipped him because, again, we could see that he works extremely hard and keeps a good attitude. Entertainment is adequate. If you can catch the comedian, last name Acosta, you should. We found him hilarious. The bars and lounges are... meh. We're tax-paying, "old skool" hip-hoppers, but Illusions managed to make us feel just plain old after a short while. Trivia games are fun (I've got to get a Ship on a Stick!) and the lido deck music tends to be a good mix. The towel folding class is so cute, and the casino is good for what it's good for. The photographers really are everywhere. They'll pose you a gazillion ways if you're interested in a portrait. If not, just remember what Nancy Reagan told you, and you'll be fine. Embarkment and disembarkment are remarkably non-eventful. We enjoyed it, but will probably try a longer cruise or stick with all-inclusive resorts. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
First off I have to say we chose this cruise because it went to the Bahamas and we really wanted to spend a day at Atlantis to check it out before investing a great deal of money to take our family. As a past cruiser we where wisked ... Read More
First off I have to say we chose this cruise because it went to the Bahamas and we really wanted to spend a day at Atlantis to check it out before investing a great deal of money to take our family. As a past cruiser we where wisked through to the head of the line and everything went fast! It was my boyfriend's birthday week and I had a credit from Carnival I hoped to use it on an Alaskan cruise that was going to expire. Our stateroom was small but extremely clean and well kept the staff was great and attentive. The room was very noisy however especially when we docked with clanking. The review style shows where good and the comedy funny. The food in the dining rooms was ok but the food on the Lido deck was down right nasty. Room service was excellent quality wise. I still can't get over it. Also they have a way of putting the topping and condiments out of order so you have to bad track to get them. I do have to fault our bit of disappointment with the behavior of the crowd not the staff. People where not dressed for modesty to the point where it was offensive. I work in the talent industry so I'm not easily offended but people where wearing clothes that didn't fit, or where just not right for their body type. PIZZA...it was great of my first cruise with this line and made up for the rest of the menu. This time there was a line a mile long and one guy serving soggy pizza you had to wait about 30 minutes for. Even one of the comedians made fun of it. The casino was ok but they way they do the money makes it hard to move from machine to machine so you sort of end up giving up and staying too long on a bum slot machine. Photos:overall good quality. One thing I HATE about this cruise line. You feel like you are in one big infomercial. Since this was my second cruise I knew what to skip and what was important and not. One word of advice. If you want to go to Atlantis skip the shore excursions. A shared taxi was $4.00 there and the excursion was $50+ I believe. The property is somewhat cash free so take a credit card. We did the Aquaventure and it was great BUT I did have a bruising issue on one of the slides there so make sure your tube is filled up with air completely. but we did it on our own for $120.00. Head to Senor Frogs for dinner when you get off the ship it is all the way down on the right past the straw market. Also if you go tot he straw market never buy anything and first offer. Walk away and they will give you a better price. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
The imagination was a much better ship than the previous one we went on 11 years ago. Alot has changed. The food was better but the portions are little smaller. Embarkation: Miami's port was nicer than Cape Canaveral. We got there at ... Read More
The imagination was a much better ship than the previous one we went on 11 years ago. Alot has changed. The food was better but the portions are little smaller. Embarkation: Miami's port was nicer than Cape Canaveral. We got there at 11:00 and it was busy. about 45 mins in line to check in. Then the Gangway was shut down for about 15 mins due to "high winds"?? Wished it went faster. Coming home was a quick process. Ship: We kept busy on the ship and always found stuff to do. We were not the type to lay around the pool all day. I did alot of research leading up to this cruise and had some concerns about this particular ship. But for the money we spent, it was great. The ship was very clean. The staff was great. Still cannot figure out why they have so many lounges. Most of them were always empty. The night club was always empty and so was the Piano bar. I actually talked tot he Piano man for a while and he said they are looking to revamp the Piano bar on all ships to include a more "fun" dueling piano and singalong type of style. Since the Piano bar was empty, that's pretty much the style we got. We requested songs and sang along. So that was fun. Room: We had an interior room. No frills. The bed was comfy and water pressure good. Not sure what else to say about it. I did feel like the cabin was damp, something I did not like. Also, when you stepped onto the bathroom floor, you could hear water sloshing around. So I wonder if there was a leak in the drainage of the shower. Out steward brought us anything we wanted and was quick about it. However, I did have one issue with Room Service. I asked for a wine opener and it took 45 mins for them to come down. But I spent the time unpacking, so it wasn't a total loss. Oh, bring an alarm clock. Time deprivation hits hard core when you can't easily figure out what time it is. Entertainment: The first show "Living In America" was poor and I was actually falling asleep. The guy singer was not great but the Girl was. The live band mixed with recorded instruments gave an odd sound to the whole show. You either got to go all the way with a live band or none at all in my opinion. So we decided to skip the following day show. The two comedians were great and had no complaints there. And of course the love and marriage show was funny. The piano guy was awesome. He knew the most obscure songs. My wife requested Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles. He knew the piano without issue, but stumbled on the lyrics. It was funny. Shopping: For me personally, I hate the shopping on board. But I followed my wife through them. One big tip, show up for all the giveaways. There are not that many who show up and your chances are good for getting free stuff. My wife won a $100 spa credit and a free necklace. You have to put up with their sales pitch before the giveaway, but it was always short. The thing I liked least would have to be the Photos. They had stations setup everywhere. And the poses they wanted you in were so posed and faked. I just didn't see the point. Food: The food in the dining was always good. The buffet was just ok; most of the food was cold, pre cooked somewhere and kept in large cabinets. Pizza was far better than our previous cruise. It was hot and fresh. We did not get a chance to try the Deli counter or Sushi bar. The burger station was also good. Room service was prompt and the food hot. The waiter on the first night was not all that good socially. But was prompt. Our second and third night waiters were great, funny and very professional. Fun: We did not get to try everything, like the water slides and Live music. We only hit the serenity deck to hop in the hot tub for a little bit after our excursion. I do have to say that deck is nice and we would have spent more time there if were not drinking so much and dancing on the Lido. We saw alot of families and kids there. Most of the time they hogged the main hot tubs and pool. Didn't bother us since we could go to the serenity deck. Had no issue finding chairs either. Excursion: We did end up booking through carnival, only because the forecast included rain the entire weekend, and we did not want to get stuck not getting our money back from a private charter. We did the sail and snorkel. We actually went to the same location as Flying Cloud. Since I'm a Floridian, I was not impressed with the snorkeling. I saw the same things I would see if I went to the beach. But the sailing was fun. I would not do it again. So in conclusion, this cruise was great. We had fun, drink, danced, saw some good entertainment and ate well. I believe you make what you want out of a cruise. We had fun despite any negative issues that came up, because we wanted to have nothing but fun. If you want a more laid back, pampered type of atmosphere, then this budget cruise is not for you. This is about cheap, fast and party. Not bad for $245 pp. Our next cruise will include a balcony and if I can afford it, one of the new bigger ships of Royal Caribbean. Nothing against Carnival, just want to experience the giant ship.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Being the cruise junkies we are, we talked ourselves into doing a 3-night on Carnival, which has an overnight in Nassau, following a 4-night trip to Key West. We thought it would be fun to have a vacation after a vacation of sorts. We ... Read More
Being the cruise junkies we are, we talked ourselves into doing a 3-night on Carnival, which has an overnight in Nassau, following a 4-night trip to Key West. We thought it would be fun to have a vacation after a vacation of sorts. We knew that there was good possibility that this was going to be a party cruise for most and it was. Since we went into it knowing this we were prepared for it and had a great cruise experience. We're 40 with two kids 10 & 8, all seasoned cruisers and we don't cruise to party anymore, lol. Embarkation was super smooth. Arrived at port around 10:30, on by 11:30 lunch in Horizon Grill right away. Rooms were ready by around 1:30, some earlier. We took a last minute inside cabin on deck 7, Empress deck, room E33, they were ready by 1:30. Hadn't been on Carnival in a few years, the safety drill had changed quite a bit. No life vests, all show up in a designated area for safety instructions and then are walked by staff to your life boat. It was longer than any drill I've had on any ship. Part of it was due to the lack of people paying attention though,(the partying mode). Very loud, not quieting down when asked, it delayed things quite a bit, but they were having fun, lol. The food overall was as expected, they have a newer menu since our last Carnival Cruise on the Legend in Sept. of '08. I think it's a bit less fancy then it used to be, not necessarily a bad thing. They have an everyday side to the menu, then the changing side, including one item that is called, Didya ever, like Did you ever try... with items that people may not be accustomed to but would like to try, they were a shrimp dish, alligator and sushi on our trip. They also have one comfort food item every night as well, like beef brisket and mash for example. In the Horizon Grill, lots of variety, salads, the grill (burgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs), the Mongolian BBQ, near Grill (you choose your noodles, veggies, they take your bowl and add your choice of meat (beef/chicken/shrimp, one day (pork, chicken, mussels, etc.) then choose a sauce (Schezwan, most spicy, Thai BBQ, little spicy OR black bean, not spicy) They cook it all together and serve it up:-). Inside the Horizon was the Deli (Hot and Cold Sammies, long line), Pizza (24 hours) also served Caesar Salad, a themed line, first day Italian, 2nd was Caribbean, 3rd had to be American with more fried chicken, and a dessert table too. On this cruise elegant night was the 2nd evening. We docked overnight in Nassau tonight. I would say about 10% actually dressed close to formal, others in simple dress & slacks and many in day clothes, just in case you were curious. I didn't think the dress would be followed on a 3-night and was correct which was nice for a change, especially on such a short cruise. They served Maine Lobster and Prime Rib tonight. The Waterworks area is were we spent most of the time, our kids, well and my dh, loved it! One big tall twisty slide and two side by side racers. The pool area on Lido deck is very small and was always packed, and I mean packed, well on sea day anyway. Not so much on port day which is when we took a dip in the hot tub. Sea day the pool area is loud, packed and non-stop party. So if that's what you're looking for, it's here:-). We sat at the bar down there for about 45 minutes, in the corner watching the action. High energy, fun to witness. Tried Carnival's new home-brew Red Frog, liked it a lot. Kids got virgin fancy drinks, pina/strawberry and our daughter tried the banana split smoothie, no one liked it, the bartender made her something else, no problem. We loved the bartender at the bar above the Spirit Dining Room, Ronald I think. He remembered us and what we had and asked if wanted our 'usual' right when we sat down when he saw us the 2nd time. Very cool! Nice guy. ***TiPPing NOte*** We like to tip above the added 15% for good service and on the receipts there is no tip line, so we asked. You can still add it there and re-total, then sign. The 15% already added goes into a pool for all bartenders at that bar, the extra addons go directly to that bartender! Oh, we got Anytime Dining, worked out fine for folks like us arriving between 6:45 and 7:15, but at around 7:30 the line started forming and by 8 it wrapped around the atrium with a long wait. I spoke to staff member and she said this always happened on the 3-night, to arrive by 7 for no wait. Couple of things that threw me: At dinner there was a family with the father and son rocking out with an I-Pod, both plugged in, the table next to us broke out a moderately loud battery operated dancing stuffed chihuahua to entertain her toddler. Did this twice. The cabin next to ours had a full on party in it the first night around 2am, must have been several cabins conjoining in one. Very load singing, pounding on something to the beat, thought they'd come through the walls, VERY loud, luckily it only lasted about 15 minutes or so. Just enough to wake the dead. The next night it was much earlier, but they were fighting, really fighting, knocking into the hallway walls right outside our door. One or two others trying to pull it apart. Nuts! Nothing on night 3:-). The beds though, the most comfy on any cruise, wish we could have slept in them peacefully. I do love the cabin space on Carnival. We had a balcony stateroom recently on the Jewel of the Seas (RCCL) that was so much smaller than our inside on this ship. Overall it was a good time, it is what you make of it after all and it was a cruise:-). Debarkation was smooth too. Chose to eat in dining room, took our time and were off by 9:45. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We are first time cruisers and this was a good deal. We read others reviews about embarkation and got to the ship at about 2:30pm for a 4pm departure. We checked in online which allowed us to breeze right through and go straight to our ... Read More
We are first time cruisers and this was a good deal. We read others reviews about embarkation and got to the ship at about 2:30pm for a 4pm departure. We checked in online which allowed us to breeze right through and go straight to our room. We carried on our luggage which also allowed us to not have to wait for it later. Room: We booked E244 aft oceanview. We were told it was a little larger. We were really surprised at how clean and comfortable it was. I still brought Clorox wipes and wiped surfaces down. I checked for bed bugs and found everything spotless. The pillows and comforter were down with a nice duvet cover. The bathroom was spotless as well. There were 2 nightstands, a chair, and a small stool that was under the vanity. There was also 3 large closets with plenty of hangers and 4 large shelves. Zaw, our porter was discreet but very helpful. We did give him a tip at the beginning of the cruise and he made sure that our ice bucket was always filled, our towels replaced, and our bed always fresh. He remembered our names and called us by name every time we saw him. He and the room was wonderful. Above us was the crew smoking area so we did not hear any noise except one morning. I wasn't sure where it came from though. There was some banging and I did hear some talking. But again don't know where it came from, but it didn't last long. The shuddering that I had read about in aft cabins was very nominal. We did feel some slight shuddering and rocking, but it was like being in a low vibrating bed. We missed it after we left. We slept like babies every night. The ship tv had a few local channels and 2 movie channels. The only few downsides were that there was no clock except for the tv and there was no instructions for the wakeup call. I called the front desk and there was no answer. Note: your cell phones will not work for clocks because for some reason they go all crazy even on airplane mode. The ship slips a day planner and agenda under the door each day and the night before departure with the debarkation procedures included. The other was that the potable water to brush your teeth and face was disgusting. It left the worst aftertaste in your mouth and it smelled terrible. I ended up using bottled water to brush my teeth. Food: Heard about how great the food was. I was disappointed the first night. The buffet was really small. We ate in the dining room each night. We were able to get a table for 2 with no problem. We chose anytime dining. The first night the menu was plain and bland. In the dining room, the portions were really small.The waiter/waitresses must be instructed to not offer any other courses unless you ask. We should have gotten the soda card to begin with. I found out it was only $18 for the 3 days which is worth it. We got it the 2nd and they pro-rated it. We did bring on our own pop and water which was a life saver. The remainder of the cruise the food got better. The breakfast omelet station was fantastic though I had them use pam instead of the ladle of oil. The fruit was fresh as well. I didn't even try to stand in line for the buffet. Too long. Then only time I waited in line was for a lunch and they ran out of the fish as soon I got up there. I asked the buffet server who was the most unhelpful, uncaring man I have met in awhile. There were different stations which helped a little with lines. The 2nd night was the lobster/shrimp night. I ordered a few different meals knowing how small the portions were. It was sad to see how disappointed many of the other diners were because they did not know they could order more. We did tip the waiter that night $4 and he took very care of us. His name was Phillips and he has been with the ship for 19 years. We loved him. He was wonderful.We saw him at the lunch buffet the next day.All in all the food was good. The last night I ordered a few different things and asked for them in order, salad, soup, appetizer and then entree. They brought them all at once which was not very nice. It's as if most of the servers did not really care except for Phillips.Amenities: The all inclusive sushi was great but not open long enough. Only 5-8 fri and sun nights outside the casino. The pizza was ok. The room service menu was not very large and did not include simple foods like a hamburger. Plus you can not get a soda with room service. The casino was fun but don't expect to win much, if at all. They were very rude to my husband and his cigarette choice. He smokes swisher sweets because I can't stand the smell of regular cigarettes. These have a fruity sweet smell. But because they are in the category of little cigars, but don't smell anything like them, he was told that he couldn't smoke them in the casino, but a woman next to us was smoking a clove cigar and was not told anything. He was very upset. I stuck my head into the show and it was awful. We didn't make any other shows or activities. We were not into bingo or jewelry shows. The gym is fantastic. The steam room and spa is inclusive and was not really used by many, which was really nice. I didn't like that I had to wait for machines that were in use from crew members though. We do pay for the use of these amenities and one crew member just didn't care and used a machine for over 30 minutes.The coffee bar was really well priced and we got my husbands espresso every morning.We chose our own excursions and found Blue Hole Watersports out of the Colonial Hilton. We rented our own boat for snorkeling and fishing. The Best! Very safe and professional. We toured the island of Nassau on the local bus and went to atlantis to gamble on sat night while in port. We had no trouble finding a deck chair the day at sea, so no chair hogs on this trip. Everyone was pretty nice and helpful except for the engine room and deck cleaning crew. They were outright rude. Yes, if you go you will have a great time.The downside- the right side of the ship smelled like sewage the entire time. But all in all the ship was always clean and the crew on top of cleaning the entire cruise. We had a wonderful time and it was easy to overlook the negative's because there were so many more positive's. If one is looking, they will find negative's in anything. But for a short 3 day cruise that was affordable, we had a great time. Yes, we would go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
This was my family's cruise and it was awesome! I have to say after reading reviews, I was very nervous but it was great! We arrived at the ship around noon and went right on with no waiting. After getting something to eat and drink, ... Read More
This was my family's cruise and it was awesome! I have to say after reading reviews, I was very nervous but it was great! We arrived at the ship around noon and went right on with no waiting. After getting something to eat and drink, we played a game of putt-putt. We then went down to check on our cabins-Our luggage had arrived and was surprised to see how nice the cabins were. We had the porthole cabins and rooms were a lot bigger and nicer than I was expecting. We had the early time dining and our waiter Som, was excellent and food was great. I also tried the Chocolate Melting Cake.now I know why everyone talks about it! Unfortunately, it rained 2 out of the 3 days but we still had fun. We went to both the shows, comedy club, trivia games and the marriage game. My son won on the call in trivia game which was pretty neat. The piano bar was a lot of fun as was Karaoke. There was nice variety of food and it was very good. Staff did not a great job of keeping the place clean. So much variety and things to do the whole trip went so fast. I had wanted to do the snorkeling but we opted to do the Atlantis tour as it was raining. The only negative was the tour was way to rushed and hard to keep up with the guide. We are now planning on booking another cruise in October.. Don't know why I ever waited so long. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Carnival Imagination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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